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Rui Shi Dancing Lion Okmai
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The Mountains Gate Gods....

one of the celestial stone Lions of East. these beasts have many names such as Snow Lions, Foo dog, Shishi, or Buddha's Lions.

I love to see this in a new Okami game. the lion are full of joy and love. and they dance around with a celestial brass orb.

their are often found in pairs, one's male and other female (with a cub under paw). Rui here is name of the male and Shi is female, and yes there name Ah and Mu or A-U-M. this beast is beast may be based on the Lhasa Apso dog breed in real life. more detail look on this [link]
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ItBePiyo's avatar
ItBePiyo|Student Digital Artist
Okami.. Or Okmai?
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Frost5abor|Hobbyist Artist
This is really well done but...I can't understand what you're typing.
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I don't think shadowsaber's first language is English. However I can understand most of it.
here is a little of what was meant.

their names are Rui and Shi, they are Buddha's Lions, also known as Foo Dogs, Snow Lions or Shishi. They are normally seen as Stone Lions guarding temples and are depicted in pairs, one male (standing with one paw on a brass ball) the other female (standing one paw on a cub).

They aren't featured in Okami the game, but would have been great to see as they played with the brass ball.

Hope that helps.
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Superdemon-Inuyasha|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooo very nicely done 8D great job on this!
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Vitality-Eminent's avatar
Very neat! I've always liked Fu dogs. I love your detail work on the collar (and such) of the right dog.
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HikizuriNeko's avatar
I would just like to say that i love ur work and i believe u really do have a great amount of talent. This one is definitely one of my favs and i absolutely love ur okami pieces. I read ur journal and i'm with the whole fav & no comment thing.
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bootsa81|Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful! I really like their expressions. It would be so nice to see another Okami game with all kinds of mythology in it.
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AoiKita|Professional General Artist
cept anything that isnt Japanese o.o....it wouldnt be cool anymore lol.(because its Okami and meant asian, not cause Im anti-)
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bootsa81|Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah I can understand that. ^_^
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mollum| Traditional Artist
So...very...jealous...of...your...drawing...skills!
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Wolf-Vexx1's avatar
this is just beautiful XD I love Okami
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Engelchen19's avatar
haha they are cute
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way2thedawn|Student Filmographer
awesum... they're so cute
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ZephyrElric|Student General Artist
I love their faces. So happy. :3 The poses are very awesome, as well. <3
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ScottGardener's avatar
There's a sizable Okami fanbase, so many of us have our fingers crossed for a sequel. I think your idea, of having Ammy traveling throughout the world's mythos is the best plot suggestion I've heard. China would almost have to be first stop.
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They look happy:) Beautiful.
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KuroiTaiyou|Student Digital Artist
D: your copic skills destroy mine. I love your work <3

What do you use to outline your subjects?
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Strake-Demon-Fire|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you never cease to amaze me with your drawing abilities.
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Owlivia|Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work yet again :3
I myself am a Lion Dancer, and I love these animals. They're so full of playfulness and liveliness.
Again, lovely work *w*
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AWESOME drawing as usual!!! I love foo dogs! :love: They are one of those animals that does not get drawn enough!

I saw models of these temple dogs for sale, bought the male but could not afford the female with the cub, so now I have just the male and he is lonely. :( I was kinda dumb and didn't realise they come in pairs.
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deku231's avatar
They look awesome, cool and very playful! :)
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Aww, they are so cute!!!!
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Kamoria|Student Traditional Artist
Very nice <3
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